Update, 1 May 2000:

It's True ...

We had heard of this, but didn't believe it. On 26 March 2000, we received a communication from Doug H., who wrote:
I was in need of a California road trip real bad, so after provisioning with ten bucks worth of beef jerky, Triscuits, a can of aerosol cheese, a case of beer, guns and tools we shoved off and headed away from town.

Ended up at Giant Rock about dusk and discovered that Giant Rock is now Giant Rocks. Seems a couple of days earlier some religious freaks with no outdoors sense built a fire under the Integretron facing side of the rock. The fire blazed all night and stressed the rock internally until it fractured and sent an apartment sized boulder crashing to the ground.

Unfortunately nobody was hurt in the "accident". Now I hear the Shiterra Club wants to put a fence up around the rock - imagine that.

Figures ... freaking hippies spoil everything!

(If you came here via a link, perhaps you haven't seen Giant Rock in its Former Glory?)

Look for the owners of the Integratron to take credit for the split. Or maybe there are devotees of Tesla in the area?
Update from Doug H., 5may200:

You called it!
What Doug is referring to are the outrageously stupid claims of certain so-called "new age" groups. Here is one example:
In ancient times Giant Rock was held sacred by the Native peoples of the Joshua Tree, California area. So sacred in fact that only the chief was allowed to go near it. Everyone else had to wait nearly a mile away while the Chief communed with the spirits of the "Rock People" who had prophesied the day when the Mother would split open and a new era would be revealed. Most other traditions have pointed to this time in our history as the awakening of the Divine Feminine, to a world based upon compassion and peace. Now that Giant Rock has split, many people believe that the prophecy has been fulfilled.
So, in case you didn't realize it, we are now living in a New Era.

Sheez. If only Giant Rock could have fallen on the hippie new agers...


How lovely ... witty fratboy graffiti already mars the pristine innards of Giant Rock(s).
Except where noted, all photos on this page by Doug H.
4may2000 / Peter L. writes in:

We went out as soon as we heard that the rock split 2/20/00. we knew the taggers would be all over it.

I'm glad we got a few photos of the rock while it was still clean.


Photo by Peter L.
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